Algonquin Arts Theatre Launches Local Summer Series With Outdoor Performances

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After Labor Day the crowds are gone. The weather is nice. Local Summer is THE best time to live at the shore.

To mark the occasion, Algonquin Arts Theatre launches our Local Summer Series, a month-long celebration that will connect audiences to the artists that perform here. Much like a 24-hour telethon, this 24-day marathon event will raise funding to help Algonquin weather this pandemic-induced intermission while connecting our audience.

The event includes three live outdoor concerts, 24 days of video performances and stories delivered via email and social media, a 50-50 raffle, merchandise and other ways to support the Algonquin.

Full details of this multi-faceted event can be found online at

Live music returns to the Algonquin for a three concert series “dockside” – using the Algonquin’s loading dock as the stage and the parking lot as a socially distant seating area.

The Local Summer Launch Party will be held Sept. 2 featuring local band Spare Parts. The concerts continue Sept. 9 with Chris Pinnella, and conclude on Sept. 16 with a Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day celebration with The Snakes.

The concerts start at 7 pm and are free to attend. Patrons should bring their own chair. Social distancing and masks are required at these concerts. Squares will be marked on the parking surface to help patrons sit separately, and space is first-come first served. Full policies are listed online at

The Algonquin will deliver a daily video performance, along with a video short story from someone impacted by the Algonquin, via our website, social media and by email. A schedule will be posted to the Algonquin’s calendar website once daily content is confirmed.

A number of Algonquin cast members have committed to appear, along with other performers including Dan Levinson, James Langton, Victoria Cannizzo, Chris Pinnella, The Snakes, Spare Parts, The Garden State Film Festival, Asbury Shorts New York, Joe Holiday, Yosi Levin, Carter Calvert, Father Alphonse Stephenson, Zachary Alexander and many more.

Local Summer Club Memberships are available for $96 and include a t-shirt, the ability to reserve a space for a Dockside Concert, and one year of Algonquin membership benefits. All Local Summer Club membership fees will be matched as part of the Local Summer Matching Funds Drive. Memberships can be purchased online or by calling 732-528-9211.

Local Summer T-Shirts are available a la carte for $24 each in size small, medium, large and extra large.

From August through October 1, the Algonquin will be conducting a matching funds drive with a goal of raising $48,000. Each individual contribution will be matched up to a total of $24,000.

The Local Summer Matching Funds Drive is made possible by a pledge from Janice Blanton of Wall to match up to $24,000 of individual contributions and club memberships made through October 1.

As part of the event’s fundraising efforts, 50-50 cash raffle tickets are on sale now with the drawing to be held live on the theatre’s Facebook page at 3 pm ET on Thursday, Oct. 1. Tickets are 1 for $20, 3 for $50 or 10 for $150.

Tickets can be purchased on select Wednesday & Thursday nights on Main Street (in front of Booktowne/Jesse Gallery), by phone at 732-528-9211, online at or from members of the Algonquin Board of Trustees.

Algonquin Arts Theatre board is Chair Eliot Colon, Vice Chair Ron Gaffney, Secretary Jan Blanton, Treasurer Dominick Palumbo, Dara Brown, Christine Carlson, Larry Durso, C. Keith Henderson, Carrie McGowan, Ed O’Malley, Trisha D. Scudder, Ann Slavick and Heidi Wittenberg.

The theatre’s last 50-50 cash raffle, drawn in June as part of The Online Broadway Bash, awarded the winner more than $4,900.

Each day of Local Summer will be sponsored by local individuals or businesses. There are 10 days left available to be sponsored with 14 sponsors confirmed as of August 11.

The first sponsors to sign on are Broadway Ray; C. Keith Henderson and Associates; Diane Turton, Realtors; Ed & Meagan O’Malley; Falkinburg’s Tree Expert Company; Hackensack Meridian Health; I.F.C. United; Kitch Organic; Manasquan Bank; NJSwim; O’Malley, Surman & Michelini; Rella’s Italian Tavern; ShoreHaven Wealth Partners; Smart Fleet USA; Sunnyside Manor; and The Folk Agency Realtors, Inc. Star News Group has signed on to be the event’s media partner.

About Algonquin Arts Theatre
Algonquin Arts Theatre (AAT) is a 501c(3) non-profit center for performing arts, providing cultural enrichment and arts education for residents and visitors of Central New Jersey and the Jersey Shore through high quality performances and programs in theatre, music, dance and film.

Located in Manasquan, N.J., AAT is an integral part of the Shore Region, offering broad access to arts experiences across multiple disciplines. Deeply committed to education, AAT serves students of all ages not only through art and music instruction, but also through the unique communal conversation that exists between audience member and performer. The theatre provides a platform for local and regional performers to showcase their work and offers audiences the opportunity to engage very directly and personally in the arts, fostering gr eater participation and providing an engaging means for exploring personal and societal issues through the world of the stage.

Algonquin Arts Theatre’s programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding is also provided by Hackensack Meridian Health, the PNC Foundation, Mansaquan Bank, the OceanFirst Foundation, the Investors Bank Foundation, the Provident Bank Foundation and the generosity of other businesses and our patrons.

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